Obviously, I have been on a stencil kick lately. They are just so easy and fun to make a quick change to garage sale décor! Sometimes I see a stencil and think, I don’t want to buy that because I don’t want to same words or pictures on 50 different home décor items in my house. Do you think like that too? If you are making gifts or have lots of spaces to decorate you can easily use the same stencil over and over painting in different colors and mediums.
I decided to change things up a bit. It’s important to remember that just because a stencil has certain words or symbols doesn’t mean you have to use all the options every time.For example, I wanted this tray to say Farm Fresh Eggs, not the Farm Fresh Milk Delivered Daily like it was created to say. So I simply used part of the stencil and then used another trick for the eggs part! (BTW this stencil came from Vintage Sign Stencils.)
This tray’s surface was really slick so the stencil bleed a bit, but I corrected it with a fine brush and some black and white paint. I got ready to paint the bottom portion of the tray using Frog Tape (like you see above, please know I did not use mod podge in this project! don’t wan to confuse you!) as my guide to get clean crisp lines. I learned a new trick about frog tape this summer. Hold on, your mind is about to be blown. Once you tape off whatever you’re going to paint, run a slightly damp rag down the edge of the tape. The tape has the ability to seal when it comes into contact with moisture (like paint, but if you use water first there is literally no bleed!). This provides crisp clean lines and is also why the tape is kept in a plastic container, so the tape doesn’t get wet and ruined before you use it. Who knew? Maybe I’m the last one?
Next I got some scrap book stickers out, the biggest ones I had. I spelled out eggs and painted over the stickers and frog tape guidelines. It took two coats, you want to be sure and remove tape and stickers as soon as you can, the longer they stick the more they stick and the bigger chance you have of removing paint when you peel off the tape. Touch up any spots you may have messed up in tape removal and wax your tray for a completely finished look!
Lately, as the pending arrival of our first chicken egg looms (seriously girls, can you hurry up, we are tired of waiting!) eggs have been on my mind. These cute little ones are quail eggs we received from a friend. I’ve really been thinking about the “eggs” we carry around in life. Everywhere you turn we are told to diversify. Diversify your investments, your friendships and interests. It’s bad to have all your eggs in one basket. The mere thought of our investment portfolio crashing like when Enron fell or of it falling pray to a Ponzi scheme has people scurrying to spread their assets in the hope of financial safety and security. This might be a great approach for our IRA, but I wonder how often this game plan unwittingly slips into our spiritual life, our whole life really.
Do you call yourself a Christian? A follower of Jesus? Behind closed doors do you really place all your eggs in God’s basket? This question has been haunting me lately and I have realized I like to keep my eggs diversified quit often. I trust God to work out my friend’s future, but I hold tight to the plans I’m making for mine. I trust God that my kid’s school situations will turn out fine, but I still try to control all I can. I trust God with my salvation but the future of my bank account is better left on my plate. My eggs are rolling all over the place, these fragile situations constantly at risk of getting crushed.
He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters. Luke 11:23 When we hang on to situations with white knuckles we’re putting our eggs in the basket of self. That’s the most unsafe basket around! Maybe you look to your spouse or friends as your source of joy. That basket is sure to get dropped, broken and provide disappointment. Resting in the safety of how many zeros our bank account holds, building wealth and treasures on Earth. All of that will fade or fail. When you stop to examine your scattered harvest it’s funny the things we try to spread out and hold on to. It’s not to say making responsible choices should fly out the window, the question is “am I FULLY placing my life and all that entails in God and God alone?”
What parts and portions of my life am I controlling, holding back or finding false security in? The question is so freeing. What can I let go of? What can I stop allowing to control me? What can I stop allowing to inject my days with fear and anxiety? What am I worrying about? What situation, relationship or outcome am I trying to manipulate? Those are the eggs we need to gather up in our apron and gently lay back in ONE basket alone. It may be a daily gathering, it may take picking up the same egg over and over again until you finally have it nestled in the basket.
We have a daily choice to build on rock or sand, build treasure on Earth or in Heaven, trust in man or trust in God, follow the crowd or follow the Messiah. Don’t put your eggs in one basket, that’s what the world tells us. Want to join me in doing the exact opposite? I know it’s the safest bet we’ve got.
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:5-6
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